Monday, November 19, 2007
October is in memory of my mother-in-law, Shorrie. After she died, several years ago, I was given a bag of some odds and ends that were hers. I recently looked through the bag, and decided to use some of the items for a journal page. The stones had been glued on to a bracelet and had fallen off. The pins are - top - a 10lb weight loss pin from Weight Watchers. She was a life member and probably had a lot more of these pins somewhere. The pin on the right is a life member pin for Hadassah, a Jewish women's organization. And the final pin is (I think) a nursing pin, although it has an anchor on it, so I'm not sure (if anyone knows what this is, please tell me). Above the nursing pin is a ring with a little glittery chip. I included that to represent love and marriage. Family was everything to my mother in law. I have included her initial, "S" on the bottom.
And finally, November. What can I say about this page? It represents Depression, an insidious and unwelcome disease that plagues me. I ran out of black thread (just my luck!)and decided to just leave it as it was.
Here are my sisters, Sharon, on the left, and Toby, on the right. They are both wearing earrings that I made but you can only see Toby's. They are a design from a bead and button issue and very fun to make. She flattered me by wearing them because this girl is into Diamonds!
And finally, I had a pedicure, and the reason I took this photo of my now nice feet is because inside the white flower is a sparkly Swarovski flatback crystal!!! How cool is that?
I also visited 2 bead stores, Scottsdale Bead Supply and Bead World. SBS used to be in an old adobe house, crowded with all kinds of treasures. It had a personality and was fun to shop at. They have now moved into a large, brand new building with absolutely no character and no appeal (My personal opinion only). Bead World is a store in a shopping center, long and rectangular, but friendly and welcoming, plus the staff was delightful. I would go back there in a heartbeat.
I store my seed beads in the front hall closet (which I converted to a "crafts" closet years ago). I store size 11 beads by color, then put all triangles, 8's, 15's, and delicas in their own bin drawer.
I recently moved my beads to one of my son's bedrooms. He is away at college and rarely comes home. As a matter of fact, it took him several hours to realize that something was "different" about his room. Since I'm only using a corner, things are still pretty crowded. The top photo shows some storage of beads and several containers of unfinished projects. I also have a huge bin of unfinished projects, a little embarrassing....
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
I have moved my beads into one of my son's bedroom. He was pretty surprised when he came home from school for a weekend and saw half his room filled with my beads. But he's not home a lot, just an occasional weekend, and I really need a place to call my own for my beads. Of course, moving them meant total reorganization, and I'm still not done. Maybe that's what's gotten in my way, that everything is different and not comfortable yet. Plus, I can't decide between storing beads in flippies (fliptop containers) or plastic bags. Seems like such a silly thing, but it makes a difference in the amount of space they take up and how I see the beads.
Friday, October 12, 2007
This past weekend I went on the 4th bead retreat with my beading group. One of the women has a cottage on Crooked Lake, near Petoskey, Michigan. As you can see, the view is lovely, and the beading lots of fun. We spread out all our stuff everywhere! We bead, we knit, we laugh, we eat, and have a great time. In the picture on the left is Kathie beaming in the red jacket and Wendy seriously into her work. The colorful dolls are "Dottee doll," which I found on another blog and fell in love with the idea. I made one for each of the women on the retreat. They were going to be my October journal page, until I reviewed the rules and realized I could not manage to either make them the same size or general shape as my mandalas. So, I'll just make them anyway and have more memories of the weekend.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
I have better photos of my mandalas (well, cropped better) that I wanted to show. I didn't want to delete my previous post with the mandalas because there were comments. Everything I do on this blog is a new experience...
The top mandala is June, then July, then August. Thanks for your patience!
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Here are my first three mandalas. The one immediately above this writing is June.
In the center is July,
and at the top is August.
Backwards, upside down, just like my yin-yang mandala, just like me and my life sometimes. As long as I have water I can float and I know I'll be okay.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Five things that attract me to the opposite sex: I like men who listen and look at me while I'm talking, who have interests outside of work, who can tell a good joke (because I can't), and who do what they say they are going to do.
Five celebrity crushes: John Cusack - I think he's a great actor, Meryl Streep - she is like a chameleon, she becomes whatever role she plays.
What questions would I prefer? Five artists I like, Five ways I can help improve the world (or just my little corner of it), Five favorite books, Five favorite foods. So maybe in another entry I'll answer these questions.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
I read on someone's blog about her stringing beads on a bracelet when she was a Campfire Girl. That reminded me of my days as a Bluebird, probably around 5th or 6th grade.
We made a vest using beads, felt, and badges. I don't remember what any of them represent anymore. The picture above in felt is my Indian (I think) name, but again, I don't remember what it is.
Okay, I did a little research and have come up with the meanings of the beads:
Elective Honors form the basis of Camp Fire work. These honors may be won in seven crafts, each craft being symbolized by a distinctively colored bead.
Home Craft--Flame colored honors, as fire has been the center of the home.
Health Craft--Red honors (red blood).
Camp Craft--Brown honors (woods).
Hand Craft--Green honors (creation, growing things).
Nature Lore--Blue honors (blue sky).
Business--Yellow honors (gold).
Patriotism--Red, white and blue honors. Since I grew up in an historic town, it was not hard to receive red, white, and blue honors. Every Patriot's Day, April 19th, our camp fire group would march in the parade on Mass. Ave to the Green. Anyone growing up in New England knows that the Green, or the Common, is the center of activity in a town. It is usually surrounded by churches and some of the original houses of the town. In Lexington, in addition to 3 churches, there is also an old tavern, the Belfry Tower (where the bell was rung), the statue of John Parker (the Minuteman) who famously said "Do not shoot until you see the white's of their (British)eyes," and a few other historic mementos.
Sunday, July 8, 2007
The spiral stitch is my favorite one for beading. I love embellishing the stitch as well. I've posted two necklaces with flower pendants and one sampler. The sampler comes from components from a drawer I just throw all unfinished or sample pieces in. I combined a lot of those pieces into this sampler. It's actually a little too much to wear, but it was fun to put together all those bits and pieces and create something.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Now that I have learned how to scan, I scanned some of my favorite pieces and want to share them. This necklace is made from components from two Jeannette Cook classes. I love her use of color and her boldness. It's actually taken me a few years to design the necklace in a way I like - I've probably made half a dozen versions with different pieces from the classes. I believe (I hope)I'm finally happy with this combination.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
I am addicted to rivolis. Last summer, in particular, they are all I beaded. Here is a necklace with jet rivolis. Each rivoli has a slightly different pattern. I made the peyote links from a pattern that I believe was in b&b. The colors I chose are my favorite palette, you will see them over and over in my work.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
The top next bracelet is from a Sherri Serafini class. It's not on the cuff yet, mainly because I can't find it, although I know it's somewhere around. It was made improvisationally by putting it over my wrist a lot and thinking how I would like it to look. The bottom piece is from a Laura McCabe class. The bracelet is on leather and almost entirely made of crystals. The button represents either the sun or the moon, either rising or setting, reflecting on water. I also designed this bracelet as I went along, although I had the idea in mind. I belong to the Great Lake Bead Guild, plus take classes at local bead stores. We have wonderful teachers come to our area, and I have been very lucky to take classes with them. I usually redo all my pieces from classes, because once I go home I have a better understanding of the construction, the teacher's intent, and how to use colors. Its taken me several years to become confident to do bead embroidery. I was so scared of it, like facing a blank canvas. But I'm getting more comfortable with it, and with my ability to do it.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
My friend adopted her two children from South America and she was a pediatrician. She loved children, and was so gentle and caring with them. She killed herself just as winter was turning to spring, and maybe the feeling I have about this doll is that she didn't quite make it to spring. Do you know the feeling you have when the gray of winter finally gives way to a warm breeze and bits of green pushing up through the earth? When darkness turns to light? It didn't happen for my friend. She never made it past the darkness.
Saturday, June 9, 2007
My son, Jason, on the right, is 19 today. Looking at this handsome young man, you would never guess that he was born 3 months prematurely. I always have said that he was so eager to experience life that he just couldn't wait. He's full of vitality, loves adventure, and hanging out with his older brother, Sam. He has a great big laugh and likes to laugh often. Jason just finished his freshman year at Michigan State Univ. and wants to be a geologist. Happy Birthday, Jason!
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
The mandala I'm starting with is called "Aspire." I'm starting with this one because a major goal I have for this year is to take care of my body for health reasons. I want to lose weight, get off high blood pressure meds and have more energy. I also would like fewer headaches and less depression. I'm thinking that I can use the BJP as a way of staying focused and maintaining motivation.
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Treasure chest is a quilt square I made for a larger quilt called Under the Sea. A group of beaders made it for a friend who was doing a walk for Leukemia and needed to raise funds. We raffled off tickets and she raised over $2,000. I made 3 squares altogether. I will post more photos later.